Tidings from the West
From the very beginnings of our masonic journey we are taught the importance of prayer and the absolute need to connect with the divine source of all our gifts and blessings. I am sure that all of us have been taught some form in which we can approach the throne of divinity and seek assurance, blessing and ease from our fears and suffering.
If given thought to the forms of prayer, our rational minds will probably identify four broad categories that we believe to describe the many ways in which we pray. Most if not all of us have experience in these four forms of prayer:
1) colloquial, or informal, prayers;
2) petitionary prayers;
3) ritualistic prayers; and finally,
4) meditative prayers.
I often ask myself … “so how’s that working for you?”
Is it accidental or happenstance when our prayers receive a positive answer? Is it possible that our recipe is incomplete? Or is there something missing from our understanding of prayer that will make the connection to the divine intelligence more secure?
A number of years ago my family studied out this aspect of prayer, which has become known as the fifth mode of prayer or the lost mode of prayer. As part of our masonic education for the month of April, WM Bailey has requested that I present the findings to those who are interested in reviewing this concept and perhaps personally integrating this into their personal lives.
So, on the 24th of April, Unity Lodge #18 will host a special presentation on the Lost Mode of Prayer. We will open this up to all interested parties, masons, non-masons, wives and adult children. There will be nothing in the presentation material that will reveal any of the masonic teachings we hold secure, but a mason who is thoughtful and studied will see the multiple connections between our sacred rites and the information presented.
Kenneth J. Noorlander